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wattle

[wot-l] /ˈwɒt l/
noun
1.
Often, wattles. a number of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs or tree branches for making fences, walls, etc.
2.
wattles, a number of poles laid on a roof to hold thatch.
3.
(in Australia) any of various acacias whose shoots and branches were used by the early colonists for wattles, now valued especially for their bark, which is used in tanning.
4.
a fleshy lobe or appendage hanging down from the throat or chin of certain birds, as the domestic chicken or turkey.
verb (used with object), wattled, wattling.
5.
to bind, wall, fence, etc., with wattle or wattles.
6.
to roof or frame with or as if with wattles.
7.
to form into a basketwork; interweave; interlace.
8.
to make or construct by interweaving twigs or branches:
to wattle a fence.
adjective
9.
built or roofed with wattle or wattles.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English wattel, Old English watul covering, akin to wætla bandage; (v.) Middle English wattelen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
unwattled, adjective
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Examples from the web for wattle
  • The structure was likely made of wattle and daub-a framework of wooden sticks covered with mud or clay.
  • In that picture, the peninsula represents the bird's head, and the area between its beak and wattle is the area surveyed.
  • Imagine back then, when this fine building was surrounded by humble wattle-and-daub huts.
  • But the walls are made of mud and wattle, usually there's a thatched roof, and the floor is a mixture of dung and clay.
  • The other houses were found to be mostly of wattle-and-daub construction.
  • The houses there had wattle-and-daub walls standing on stone foundations.
  • Outside the wattle fencing surrounding the stages were stalls selling food.
  • Fibers shall be evenly distributed throughout the wattle.
  • The roosters head has blues, greens, and a distinctive red wattle.
British Dictionary definitions for wattle

wattle1

/ˈwɒtəl/
noun
1.
a frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences
2.
the material used in such a construction
3.
a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc
4.
any of various chiefly Australian acacia trees having spikes of small brightly coloured flowers and flexible branches, which were used by early settlers for making fences See also golden wattle
5.
a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers
verb (transitive)
6.
to construct from wattle
7.
to bind or frame with wattle
8.
to weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame
adjective
9.
made of, formed by, or covered with wattle
Derived Forms
wattled, adjective
Word Origin
Old English watol; related to wethel wrap, Old High German wadal, German Wedel

wattle2

/ˈwɒtəl/
adjective
1.
(Midland English, dialect) of poor quality
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Word Origin and History for wattle
n.

"stakes interlaced with twigs and forming the framework of the wall of a building," Old English watol "hurdle," in plural "twigs, thatching, tiles," related to weðel "bandage," of unknown origin. Surviving in wattle-and-daub "building material for huts, etc." (1808).

"fleshy appendage below the neck of certain birds," 1510s (extended jocularly to human beings, 1560s), of uncertain origin and of doubtful relationship to wattle (n.1).

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